Access to Justice All-Stars: Jim Andrews and Richard RondeauNSRLP
Our third nominees to the Access to Justice All-Stars team are Jim Andrews and Richard Rondeau of the BC Supreme Court Self Help and Information Services, part of the Vancouver Justice Access Centre (JAC). Jim and Richard bring a combined 70 years experience in court administration and services to their work with self-represented litigants. Much of their day-to-day work involves helping clients locate key legal information on the Internet and research case law, breaking down complex court processes and procedures into language and steps that can be understood by the layperson, and assisting individuals with understanding and completing court forms. Jim and Richard have developed many innovative solutions to address challenges for SRLs including how to organize court documents and how to obtain legal advice. While proud of the work they do, Jim and Richard continue to remind others that there is so much more that can be done to ensure the justice system is open and affordable to everyone. Both are advocates for increasing dialogue, feedback, and cooperation between justice partners to increase the quality and reduce the cost of legal services. Jim and Richard are motivated by a sense of service and duty to the public, which is why they are the newest members of our Access to Justice All-Stars team!